We’re pleased to be bringing you the next video from Leeds indie collective HOPE & SOCIAL, with the premiere of Dig Hard.
Taken from their latest album, Feel, this charming chunk of wonky folk-pop mixes up all the wonder of Grandaddy and Guillemots with plenty of brass and choir for good measure.
It’s an absolute joy and the video is suitably heart-warming. Check it out:
The video was created by videographer Richard Shaw who wrote to tell the band how the stop-motion animation project for young people he’d been running had its funding pulled –
“When we read: ‘I’m not interested in taking a fee myself, so every penny would go towards getting their project back up and running”, we didn’t hesitate,” the band say of their latest collaborator. “En masse we all agreed: ‘well, he’s a definite’.”
As part of their on-going commitment to collaboration, the Boys in Blue Blazers have commissioned nine filmmakers to produce one video for each of the songs on their new album, which culminated in a world-premiere event at the Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds last month.
The latest to join the Hope & Social ranks is bassist Simon Fletcher. He explains the band’s concept: “For this album, we wanted to do something special. Something more than simply release a record. We put out an open call – £500 per song to anyone who wants to make us a video.
“I was expecting we’d have to beg people, but instead we ended up choosing our nine video makers, from nearly 100 amazing applications, so we’re releasing the album as nine videos too!”
To say the band are prolific is a bit of an understatement. Over the last eight years, the six-piece (sometimes more, depending on how the mood takes them) have played so many gigs in so many different formats it’s difficult to keep up.
From their 12 Gigs Of Christmas, which saw them play a show an hour one winter’s day around Leeds, and their Tour of Infinite Possibility, which culminated in a massive performance at Leeds Arenas as part of the Grand Depart celebrations in 2014.
Currently on the road for some unusually more conventional shows, the rest of Hope & Social’s tour dates are:
Friday, November 4 – The Tin at The Coal Vaults, Coventry
Saturday, November 5 -Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham by Sea
Tuesday, November 8 – Gullivers, Manchester
Thursday, November 10 – The Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge, York
Friday, November 11 – Bilton Working Men’s Club, Harrogate
Saturday, November 12 – Fibbers, York